Heidi's Happy Hounds is owned and operated by lifelong animal lover Heidi Doucet. She grew up in a house full of pets including fish, hamsters, mice, rats, lizards, turtles, birds, cats, and of course, dogs. Heidi always imagined herself in a career dedicated to animals. She started walking dogs part-time in 2010 and a few months later, Heidi's Happy Hounds was booming. Animals are her passion and in 2013 she made dog walking and pet care her full-time career. Now she and the Happy Hounds team cater to hundreds of happy clients around Guelph. She lives with a spunky 10-month-old Australian Cattle Dog named Juniper and a 22-year-old cat named Scrappy and fosters dogs with Taffy's Legacy Canine Rescue and Rehabilitation.
Heidi is always striving to increase her knowledge of animals, especially dogs. She has certificates in Dog Emotion and Cognition, Animal Behaviour and Welfare, and Dr. Ian Dumbar's GROWL Workshop (on dog reactivity). As well as being Pet First Aid certified for cats and dogs, through Walks N Wags. She has also studied science-based dog training, canine body language, healthy play in dogs, puppy development and socialization, the art of impulse control, canine behaviour and physiology, management for reactive dogs, and the history and domestication of dogs, as well as many training manuals, seminars, webinars, videos, and conferences. She is a member of CAPDT and IAABC, working towards her CPDT certificate, and has recently added dog consulting and training walks to her lists of services offered.
Brittany is a student at the University of Guelph studying Animal Science. Her love for animals started at a young age, always having cats and a dog around, as well as her own horse. Brittany's love for dogs is everlasting, and the well-being and happiness of dogs is most important to her.
Chanel is a student, volunteer, activist, long-distance runner, and lifelong caregiver to pets of all shapes and sizes. Alongside the Humane Society, she developed the skills to care for animals undergoing stressful transitions who require the utmost patience and compassion. Chanel received specialized orientation in handling and walking dogs with behavioral issues. She also offers pet-sitting services and is accommodating of special requests.
Jenny is currently a student at the University of Guelph studying animal biology. She has worked alongside animal shelters for both Canada and Thailand. Jenny has also volunteered with rehabilitation centres and loves being able to help dogs where she can. She enjoys spending time and getting to know all sorts of dogs!
As a small team of experienced dog owners and lovers, we really get to know you and your pets. We are knowledgeable in animal care, behaviour, and welfare, and we always go the extra mile to make sure your pet is well taken care of. We dedicate ourselves to the betterment of all animals and the industry of Professional Dog Walking by focusing on the care and safety of the dogs, continuing our canine education, and always showing respect for our community. We aim to offer exceptional pet care and to build strong relationships with all of our clients, both human and canine. Working with us means having a team of dog walkers at your disposal, so you never have to worry about sick days, vacation days, or emergencies interrupting your pets care.